One of the best things a person can do for their health is to engage in some sort of physical activity several times a week. Exercise has been shown to have a phenomenal impact on mental health including: improved happiness, reduction of stress, better sleep, and boosted self-esteem. Anyone suffering from a mood disorder is usually advised by their therapist to engage in physical activity multiple times each week, if not daily.
Working out has also been proven in some cases to help patients lower their blood pressure better than prescription medications. Studies reveal that exercise (especially aerobic) can drastically reduce the chances of developing heart disease and diabetes.
With the numerous mental and physical wellness perks being common knowledge, one might think everyone in the country would be hurrying to get to the gym everyday. Judging by America’s obesity problems, that simply is not the case.
The truth is not everyone loves to exercise for one reason or another.
The best thing for an individual who struggles to get motivated about working out, is to find a positive support system.
Going to the gym with a partner can be much more motivational than going alone. When a person goes with a friend or significant other, they’ll get the added benefit of someone to talk to while on the treadmill or someone to push them when they feel like stopping. Someone holding them accountable for going creates a greater feeling of responsibility for their own health.
Some individuals experience such fatigue while working and afterwards that they dread subsequent exercise days. The important thing to remember is that it’s okay to go slow at first. Achieving good health is not a competition; it’s something that an individual should be doing for themselves alone.
Setting small goals will make the process of getting fit much more pleasurable. They could start out walking at two miles per hour, but in two weeks they want to be able to walk three miles in the same time frame. Achieving a better-performing body is the goal and it can’t be done if the person injures themselves by pushing themselves too far too fast.
Another great idea for someone who procrastinates on working out is to try to several different activities until they find a few that they really enjoy. Not everyone likes the monotony of being on an elliptical and not everyone enjoys the rush of mountain biking.
It’s crucial that they do some experimenting to find something that gets them excited about exercising. There’s such a wide range of activities geared toward getting fit these days that there’s something for everyone. Lots of gyms now offer Zumba, Cycling, Crossfit, Yoga, and Pilates. If indoor activities are a turn-off, there’s outdoor fun to be had as well. Hiking, rafting, canoeing, and even taking a walk around the neighborhood are fantastic ways to get healthy and enjoy nature.
Since most gyms are offering new, trendy fitness classes, not everyone is up-to-date on the latest workouts. Zumba, Pilates, and Crossfit are some of the most popular of the most recent activities to show up on a gym’s schedule.
A dance workout usually done to latin or hip hop music. The instructor will typically stand at the front of the classroom and teach a choreographed dance routine that the class will attempt to replicate. There’s usually at least ten people to a class and the point is have fun and get healthy, not become an expert samba dancer. No one should feel self-conscious about not getting all the moves right.
A wonderful exercise for those looking for a slow-paced core building class. In the class, participants learn stances and stretches while on a floor mat. Once everyone has the hang of the basics, the instructor will incorporate some odd-looking exercise equipment. The gym will usually provide the mats and equipment. Pilates will help the participants build muscle and improve flexibility.
One of the newest classes offered by most gyms. It’s a good class for anyone looking for a high-intensity workout that will help them lose weight fast. It’s definitely not for someone in bad health, and not a good fit for someone who is extremely out of shape and just getting started on their fitness journey. It’s a better choice for someone who is already in decent physical condition, but looking to break up the regular routine or take things to the next level.
The main thing is not to lose motivation. If it means taking pictures each week and posting them on the fridge or joining a fitness group online, it’s pertinent that each individual do whatever it takes. Posting pictures will be a reminder of where they started and a reminder not to regress. The newer photos will be motivation to keep improving, since they’ve already come so far.